16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700
 
 

       

16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

470 Class Palma Regatta

The european 470 class regatta tour. 

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By Josh Dawson. We arrived in Palma to rain and sub 10 degrees. Our lead up didn't go as planned with sickness striking the team right before racing started. We pushed through and managed to qualify for gold fleet by the skin of our teeth! From there we focused on improving our starts which is what we felt were the missing element to the race equation.

Although we didn't finish with the result we were looking for we made a lot of progress in the right direction. 

We are now on our way to Martigues, France for the International 470 Spring Cup, before heading to Hyeres for the Sailing World Cup.

Thanks for everyone's continued support back home and we will continue to work hard to achieve our goals.

Follow Josh on his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CharlwoodDawsonAus8/

Any support is greatly appreciated, donated towards their Toyko 2020 campaign via thier Australia Sports Foundation page (tax deductable) here: https://asf.org.au/donate/josh-dawson/

 

The Old Timer's Race crowns a new winner

Pittwater welcomed the fleet of 21 boats for the annual Old Timers Race. The 1100hrs start didn't phase any of the crew who were up and ready to hit the water and enjoy the stunning conditions on Pittwater. With a steady north westerly set in for the the white sail race and possibly white knuckled boat owners crew docked off and headed to the start line. Class of 2018 Old TimersClass of 2018 Old Timers

As the starters gun came closer the fleet bunched up along the extra long start line, with 5.5ms amongst 50 footers edging their way closer and closer to the line. For some they were a little to eagar and those three letters where promptly announced over the radio "O.C.S" by the Race Committee. 

Whist the big boats took a quick lead it was the middle of the pack that thoroughly enjoyed the battle to the finish line, not giving an inch to each other till they crossed. A new course was added this year, course 4 to factor in the wind direction which saw every inch of Pittwater used, which was great for the competitors as they had the whole of Pittwater to themselves with not another user in sight! 

Pretty Woman with Bruce Kemp on the helm took Line Honours in 11::58:42 with Bonnie Lassie bringing up the rear of the fleet.

Now for the really fun, the annual luncheon with over a 120 hungry sailors ready to sit down and enjoy the afternoon at the club.  Commodore Lockley welcome all the Old Timers and crews and hit play on the newly published Sesquicentennial History video which ended in a room of applauds.

The famous Tom Spithill Quiz was next, the Coach of the Year was clearly absent, now a team member on Wild Oats X and taking on the big boats in Port Stephens, neither-the-less the show went on with more phones seen on or under tables as 'the phone a friend called Google' was used. 

The Old Timers race and luncheon though, is about the members and their stories, comradery and mateship. It sees members who may not be sailing anymore back on the water enjoying their life sport and their club always with a laugh and cheer. 

Quiz Winner was: Second Time Around on count back to Pretty Woman. Old Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim CormackOld Timers Luncheon - Race winning Jim Cormack

Drum roll... and the Old Timers race was..... Nirvana's Kitchen, skippered by Jim Cormack!

Results: http://www.rpayc.com.au/results/2017/club/oldtimers/series.htm

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Offshore Owners Meeting - 21 April

A meeting of offshore owners has been scheduled for Saturday 21 April at 0930hrs in the Admiral Cup room. Any boat owner who is a current or interested in offshore sailing is invited to attend. 
 
Bluewater, SOPs and Broken Bay racing. 
 
Agenda:
  • Overview of Series descriptions and feedback (race format offshore).
  • Context and Strategic direction for 2018/19 program.
  • Feedback on Program.
  • Ratings. 
  • Offshore Fleet Captain nominations.
 
A summary of the Offshore 2018/19 program will be made during the week. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Marcus Grimes (Offshore Rep)

Showtime steals the show in Cup finale

On the third day, the wind gods summoned a cracking breeze for the Sail Port Stephens fleet contesting the Commodores Cup – a 6-knot northerly at the start, building to around 18 knots mid-race as a remnant and reminder of summers past. SHOWTIME-Commodores-Cup--Salty-DingoSHOWTIME-Commodores-Cup--Salty-Dingo

Course 9 was race officer Denis Thompson’s call, sending the largest-ever Cup fleet running down harbour under spinnakers and full sun, past the picturesque Anchorage Marina, then onto a triangular track in Salamander Bay.

After two days of relatively light airs and chop, it suited those with longer waterlines and a penchant for power reaching. Crew work also came to the fore as the 78 yachts descended on the marks in tight packs.

Starting the final day of Commodores Cup action, the Division 1 ball was firmly in the court of Pittwater flyer Showtime after two commanding and consecutive line-honour/handicap doubles, with daylight second.

Today, the Ker 40 had a slowish start at the breakwall end of the line but used its speed dominance to quickly slip through the field. When they saw the stronger breeze coming in they tactically gybed over to it and virtually ran to the leeward mark.

The crew tuned the boat into overdrive for the final beat, hitting 8.2 knots upwind.

“The guys did very, very well all three races,” co-owner Mark Griffith said. “We’ve started celebrating already down on the dock – I think we’re up to our sixth bottle of champagne and the music is blaring. Having a good time.”

Showtime was 12 minutes clear of Margaret Rintoul V across the line, and they finished the same way on PHS overall. Warwick Millers Beneteau 50 Lumiere, with Alby Pratt and Mitch White calling shots, took the win today to move into third overall.

Other bragging rights today went to Schouten Passage, with an all-women crew representing Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, finishing second from Brendan Gregg’s Quest 3.

Dennis Cooper’s Sydney 36 Amante, the overnight clubhouse leader in Division 2 with a slender 4-point margin, also became slightly buried at the start before edging into clean air. Nearest rival Austral, a Sydney 38, got away cleanly and the building nor-east seabreeze also brought third-placed Northshore NS-X Excapade well into the frame.

 

 

2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta first entry

Media Release                                                                             13 April 2018

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2019 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Within hours of the Notice of Race going live, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s sailing office accepted its first Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta entry – John Bacon’s Class 40 Nexba Racing. Nexba_Racing_training_in_Sydney_credit_Bob_FowlerNexba_Racing_training_in_Sydney_credit_Bob_Fowler

Until Cyclone Iris sent competitors to a safe place to wait out the worst conditions, Nexba Racing was tracking well in the double-handed Melbourne to Osaka fleet. Bacon and crewmate David Sampson made for the port of Gladstone on the advice of organisers butweren’t able to return to their position within the prescribed time, due to ongoing extreme weather. Two days later, on April 6, they made the difficult decision to withdraw, 11 days into the 5,500 nautical mile challenge.

Bacon was back at the RPAYC in Sydney this week when the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta Notice of Race went live and he took the opportunity to put Nexba Racing forward as the first entry for the annual coastal race startingat 1pm on January 2, 2019 just north of Barrenjoey Headland at the entrance to Broken Bay.

“The boat is a beautifully prepared offshore boat and we always had intentions of campaigning it at other races and regattas in Australia,” Bacon said. “We aren’t sure whether we’ll sail double-handed or crewed; either way we are fully committed to being part of the Club Marine event.”

For the 2019 edition of the annual Category 2 passage race the RPAYC has clarified some ambiguity around what they will accept as equivalent crew experience, which is a minimum 150 nautical miles of offshore yacht racing by at least 50% of the planned crew aboard the yacht entered.

Race director Nick Elliott explains: “In keeping with the club’s philosophy of supporting boat owners with ambitions of offshore racing and reducing the number of hurdles to qualify for major events we’ve established simpler pathways to gain the necessary experience in order to tackle our premier race to Southport.

“We offer a complete summer bluewater program of Cat 3 and 4 races which means owners and crew can train together to meet the experience requirement in order to step up to the Cat 2 race to Southport and then the really ambitious can in future work up towards the Cat 1 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.”

Sail Port Stephens primed for the serious silverware

Some 120 yachts are tugging at their mooring lines like thoroughbreds, and a race track commonly described as Australia’s best is perfectly groomed just in time for tomorrow’s start of Sail Port Stephens Part 2. Sail_Port_Stephens__Salty_DingoSail_Port_Stephens__Salty_Dingo

With the cruisy Commodores Cup done and dusted, attention now turns to the serious silverware on offer for the Garmin NSW IRC Championships, Australian Sports Boat Association nationals, Super 12 State Championship, and the Pantaenius Port Stephens trophy for Cruising and Racing divisions.

A notable apology is Sail Port Stephens patron Matt Allen, whose Hobart-winning Botin 52 Ichi Ban missed its delivery deadline due to relentless sou-east headwinds pounding Gladstone.

The juicy prospect of a head-to-head battle with Marcus Blackmore’s Botin-designed TP52 Hooligan will have to wait until another day. Regardless, the 22-strong IRC fleet is arguably the best assembled in Sail Port Stephen’s 11-year history.

Wild Oats X is lining up for the prestigious IRC championship for the first time, having long been an event supporter with their wines. Sandy Oatley’s canting-keeled Reichel-Pugh 66, representing Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Royal Prince Alfred, will be firm line-honours favourite in Division 1.

“We’ve been watching this regatta grow for a number of years now,” program manager Paul Magee says. “We are really excited to be competing there this year, especially after a great race south to Hobart.”

Botin is also represented by Ray Roberts’ 40-footer Team Hollywood, while other big-name contenders include Bob Steel’s MAT 1180 Quest, division 2 title defender Nine Dragons (Bob Cox), the Rogers 46 Smuggler owned by Sebastian Bohm and Ian Box aboard Toy Box 2.

About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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